YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – Matt Slater, candidate for Yorktown Supervisor, continues to gain unprecedented support from statewide organizations as the New York State Troopers PBA formally announced their endorsement of his campaign. The organization represents more than 6,000 active and retired uniformed members and cited Slater’s experience holding high level staff positions in the New York State Legislature.
“Having spent the last four years as Chief of Staff to former State Senator Terrence Murphy, Matt Slater has focused on legislation benefiting Yorktown residents, securing state funding and leading local relief efforts in the wake of natural disasters,” PBA President Thomas Mungeer said. “Matt Slater has shown great support for law enforcement and public safety, and the general well-being of the citizens of Yorktown.”
Slater was a driving force behind the “Fill A Truck for Texas” campaign following Hurricane Harvey. The truck, donated by Tiso & Associates, Inc. Trucking, was filled with 50,000 pounds of donated items in the parking lot of the Yorktown Triangle Shopping Center.
“I am proud to stand with the New York State Troopers and all law enforcement officers,” Slater said. “We are living in dangerous times and the brave men and women like the New York State Troopers are working tirelessly to keep us safe. To have their support is an incredible honor.”
Slater has already been endorsed by prominent organizations including the Westchester-Putnam Central Labor Body and New York League of Conservation Voters.
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YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – For the first time in more than four years the New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) has endorsed a candidate for Yorktown Supervisor in Matt Slater. The NYLCV cited Slater’s involvement in several major conservation projects and policies during his time working in the New York State Senate.
Julie Tighe, President of the New York League of Conservation Voters, said, “Matt Slater will fight for our environment and public health. He was a Charter Member of Yorktown’s Energy Advisory Committee, helped secure $500,000 for the Croton Grassland Meadow restoration, allocated $1.84 million to preserve the oldest working farm in Westchester, and supported legislation that expanded the inland waterway program. We are proud to stand with Matt Slater in his election for Supervisor and we urge voters in Yorktown to cast their ballot for him this fall.”
During his tenure serving as Chief of Staff in the New York State Senate Slater helped forge partnerships that preserved Stuart’s Fruit Farm and funded Westchester County’s largest conservation project at the Croton Grassland Meadow. Early on in his campaign Slater identified and proposed several initiatives that focus on rejuvenating Yorktown’s lakes and enhancing access to local parks.
“The New York League of Conservation Voters has been an immense partner on a number of issues both locally and on a statewide basis,” Slater said. “Working together we will make Yorktown a model community that safeguards and enhances our natural resources while emerging as a leader in the fight against climate change.”
(L-R: Yorktown Councilman Tom Diana, Yorktown Supervisor Candidate Matt Slater, Yorktown Councilman Ed Lachterman press the need for a Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan for Mohegan Lake)
NYLCV is the only statewide environmental organization in New York that fights for clean water, clean air renewable energy and open space.
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – Changing direction from the 2017 election cycle the Westchester Putnam Central Labor Body AFL-CIO has endorsed Yorktown Supervisor Candidate Matt Slater for this November’s election. Slater worked on a number of initiatives during his time working for the New York State Senate from paid famiy leave, to imporving working conditions at local hospitals, to protecting the more than 1,000 workers at the Indian Point Nuclear Powerplant.
“Having the support of the Westchester-Putnam Central Labor Body is a great honor,” Slater said. “This endorsement is a testament of my willingness and ability to work with anyone with a common goal of improving the quality of life for others.”The WPCLB represents more than 200 unions and their affiliates. There are more than 8,500 AFL-CIO members in Yorktown. Slater is a member of CSEA Local 9200.
WPCLB President Tom Carey said, “We are happy to announce our endorsement of Matt Slater for Yorktown Supervisor. Matt has been a great friend to labor! Matt’s ability to work on local and state issues will be an asset to us all and the Westchester/Putnam Central Labor Body AFL-CIO endorses his candidacy wholeheartedly.”
WPCLB Vice President Louis Picani of Teamsters Local 456 stated, “Matt Slater has been a fierce advocate for the hardworking families of Westchester and Putnam Counties. He has stood on the forefront with our members fighting for safer working conditions and fair wages. Matt will continue to take part in the perpetual battle for fair labor practices and is a strong voice for not only the men and women of labor, but for all of the hard-working residents who need their voices to be heard. He will lead Yorktown to a new chapter and we proudly stand by his side.
WPCLB Vice President Jayne Cammisa of the New York State Nurses Association added, “NYSNA stands with any friend of labor who supports our issues. Matt Slater has stood with local nurses and will be a great leader for Yorktown.”
Slater is challenging Ilan Gilbert who is completing his first term as Yorktown Supervisor. Gilbert was endorsed by the WPCLB in 2017.
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – The dynamic team of State Senator Terrence Murphy, Yorktown Highyway Superintendent Dave Paganelli and Murphy’s former Chief of Staff, Matt Slater, celebrated the anticipated makeover of Quinlan Street. In 2018 Murphy secured a $250,000 grant from New York State to give the busy artery a much needed facelift. Last week, crews from the Yorktown Highway Department were out milling the stretch of road from Granite Springs Road to Lee Boulevard. Now fresh asphalt is being delivered to finish the job.
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“Highway Superintendent Paganelli and his entire staff have been working through the heat of the summer to fix many of our local roads,” Murphy said. “I was thrilled to secure this important grant and make sure Superintendent Paganelli had the funds to address as many local roads as he could.”
Murphy represented the Town of Yorktown in the New York State Senate for two terms. In addition to the $250,000 for Quinlan Street Yorktown received more than $1.9 million in state funding to improve local roadways during Murphy’s tenure.
“This would not have happened without the great work of Senator Murphy and the help of Matt Slater,” Superintendent Dave Paganelli explained. “From the Quinlan Street grant, to the new traffic light on Route 118, we were able to accomplish some great things by working together. It comes down to teamwork.”
Paganelli explained his department milled Quinlan Street in an effort to reduce potential flooding issues from raising the road above people’s driveways. He hopes this will be the standard for local roads moving forward.
In addition to securing funds for paving, in July of 2018 a 📷new traffic light was installed at the intersection of Route 118 & Route 129 thanks to the efforts of Murphy, Paganelli and Murphy’s office. It replaced a blinking yellow light that was reinstalled in 2012 following the completion of the AMVETS Bridge reconstruction. Many residents expressed concerns over the light and Paganelli deemed it a public safety issue because of the numer of traffic incidents that occurred at the intersection. Since they are state roads, Murphy’s office successfully engaged the New York State Department of Transportation in getting approvals for the full traffic light.
Matt Slater served as Murphy’s Chief-of-Staff and is now running for Yorktown Town Supervisor. Paganelli praised Slater’s involvement in the Quinlan Street grant, helping him complete the necessary paperwork and acting as a conduit with the necessary state agencies. Slater says more resources are needed to reduce Yorktown’s paving schedule.
“With the current funding in place Yorktown is paving local roads once in a generation,” Slater charged. “Our Highway Superintendent and his Department do a great job with the resources that are allocated by the Town Board but more is needed to tackle the more than 200 miles of roads in Yorktown. In comparrison to other communities in our region Yorktown is significantly underfunding an essential service for our town.”
MOHEGAN LAKE, NY – In response to Westchester County’s Department of Health shuttering Mohegan Beach Park and Mohegan Beach colony due to blue-green algae, Yorktown Supervisor candidate Matt Slater called on New York State’s Water Quality Rapid Response Team to intervene. In a letter to the co-chairs, Slater said both the lake and hamlet need their assistance in combating the harmful algal blooms (HABs) that have consistently closed local beaches in recent years.
“The State’s Water Quality Rapid Response Team was put into place to assist communities like ours that are vulnerable to harmful algal blooms,” Slater explained. “It is time Yorktown puts every option on the table to address the short and long term needs of the Mohegan Lake community.”
Since launching his campaign for Yorktown Supervisor, Slater has been advocating for the need for a Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan (LWRP) to improve the conditions of Mohegan Lake. Serving as Chief of Staff to State Senator Terrence Murphy, Slater helped get Mohegan Lake added to the New York State’s Inland Waterway List in 2018. To date, no additional action has been taken by the Town to maximize the benefits of the designation. In June, state officials added three more local lakes to the same list.
In June of 2018 Governor Cuomo announced the formation of the State’s Water Quality Rapid Response Team and tasked them with devising action plans for 12 identified lakes that are vulnerable to HABs. Mohegan Lake was not included despite a 2016 Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP) Report commissioned by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation that concluded Mohegan Lake was impaired and highly susceptible to harmful algal blooms (HABs) and invasive species.
“I have met dozens of Mohegan Lake residents who can’t understand why more isn’t being done about a consistent issue that directly impacts their neighborhoods,” Slater said. “People deserve a lake they can enjoy throughout the summer which will add to the natural beauty and enhance this important part of our town. The Mohegan Lake Improvement District has done a great job to date but there are additional resources available for the town to proactively obtain.”
One of the areas that has closed, Mohegan Beach Park, is actually a park district for the Town of Yorktown. According to town records the park district collected $55,000 in taxes In 2018 while spending $26,484.
I have lived in this town for decades and have watched elected officials come and go. Yorktown has been blessed to have some great leaders, from both parties, emerge from our community.
This year, Matt Slater is running for Yorktown supervisor. He will bring an incredible combination of education (masters of public administration), more than a decade of governmental experience, charisma and vision to our local government that will propel our community to new heights.
He has put forth several policy proposals focused on our local environment and improving our quality of life. Matt’s middle of the road, common sense approach, is a refreshing breeze in a time when partisan smog prevents government on all levels from functioning for the people.
Yorktown has a chance to elect a real leader, who has a vested interest in the future of our town, and has the integrity we can count on. Matt Slater continues to impress those who meet him and I urge my neighbors, both old and new, to pay attention to his positive message of how he intends to improve our community.
This letter is to sing the praises of Matt Slater, candidate for Yorktown town supervisor.
We first met Matt when he was working with then Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy. As secretary of the Jefferson Owners Corp. and a resident of Jefferson Village, we also interacted with Matt as chief of staff to Senator Murphy. He was always there making sure things were going well in our community.
Jefferson Village is a 55-plus community of 1,000 units. When Senator Murphy came to check on our community during winter storms, or hurricanes like Hurricane Irene, Matt was in the background making sure everything Senator Murphy wanted done for us went accordingly.
To this “elderly” couple, we found Matt to be a sincere and honest person—and a family man to boot. He has from the start involved his wife and his son in his life. We know he will be a wonderful asset as our town supervisor. He has grown up in Yorktown, has family here, and wants to stay here to make Yorktown a great place to live!
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Fios1’s Ali Rosen reports that for the 2,000 veterans in Yorktown, its nice to get recognized, but it would be even nicer if the town offered more veteran-related services. Town Supervisor candidate Matt Slater and his running mates want to put a plan in place to do so within their first 30 days in office to make sure local veterans aren’t forced to leave town for basic services.
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YORKTOWN, NY – Surrounded by a dozen local veterans at Yorktown’s Patriot Park, Supervisor candidate Matt Slater announced his plans to help streamline the benefits and services he believes local veterans have earned. Announcing Operation Thank You, along with Councilman Tom Diana, Councilman Ed Lachterman and Town Clerk Candidate Mary Capoccia, Slater said their plan would be implemented within his first 30 days in office.
“We have developed a plan that raises the bar for Yorktown’s veterans and will better serve our local vets and their families,” Slater said. “Our plan is to give them a stronger voice in our community while streamlining access to benefits and services.”
The plan includes establishing a Veterans Council and exploring the need for a Veterans Service Agency Office for Yorktown. Several municipalities in Westchester County, including Bedford and Cortlandt, help streamline services through municipal veterans councils or veterans service agency offices.
Yorktown can be a better resource for those who were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation and freedoms, Slater said. “Yorktown’s Veterans Council will provide assistance and connect their fellow vets to an array of services from VA assistance, to property tax exemptions to mental health services.”
Slater said he saw the struggles of a local veteran, Frank Garcia, who had to wait decades to be designated a disabled veteran as well as receiving the New York State Veterans’ Property Tax Exemption. With Slater’s help, Mr. Garcia was able to receive the exemption but his experience highlights the complicated systems local veterans have to endure to receive the benefits and services they deserve.
Yorktown Veteran Frank Garcia said, “I waited 40 years to be classified as a disabled veteran after being injured during training with the National Guard. After meeting Matt he was able to quickly track down new information that I was not aware of which entitled me to the property tax exemption from New York State. I appreciate his efforts.”
Working alongside State Senator Terrence Murphy who represented Yorktown for four years, Slater helped deliver and protect critical funding for the Joseph P. Dwyer Peer to Peer Program for both Putnam and Westchester Counties. The Dwyer Program offers mental health services to soldiers suffering from PTSD or recovering from a traumatic brain injury.
Town Clerk candidate Mary Capoccia applauded the plan saying, “Having a Veterans Council would be an important resource to assist our veterans and their families.”
Yorktown Councilman Ed Lachterman, who has spearheaded Yorktown’s Annual Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony, wants the council to be charged with developing a living history program to preserve the primary accounts of Yorktown’s local veterans. Calling it Operation Remember, Lachterman explained it would be geared toward the continued education of neighbors and students about the experiences of our local veterans.
“Through my work supporting places like the Country House, I have heard first hand accounts of D-Day invasions and merchant marine operations, simply amazing stories,” Lachterman said. “In addition to forming this council we will task them with completing Operation Remember, a living history program in partnership with local veterans, civic organizations and our public schools to capture and digitize the firsthand accounts of our local veterans to preserve the memories of their service to our nation.”
Yorktown is no stranger to veterans causes. Councilman Tom Diana helped lead the charge to make Yorktown a Purple Heart Town and designating parking spots in front of Town Hall for Purple Heart Recipients.
“Our freedom isn’t free and we have incredible men and women who have made our country what it is today,” Yorktown Councilman Tom Diana added. “My father was in World War II serving in the Battle of the Bulge. We owe a veterans in this town an extreme amount of thank yous and help when we can do so. The Veterans Council is just a mere token of the sacrifices that these men and women have made for us. To all of our veterans, and their families, thank you.
Eugene Lang, a Holocaust Survivor, Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart recipient Eugene Lang added, “We have signs up in both sides of town saying Yorktown is a Purple Heart Town and parking for Purple Heart recipients. I thank Councilmen Diana and Lachterman for their help getting this done.”
More than 2,600 local veterans in Yorktown currently receive a property tax exemption.
YORKTOWN, NY – Albany officials passed a measure this week adding three more of Yorktown’s local lakes to the State’s Inland Waterway List, but local residents fear the town will do nothing after waiting a year for Supervisor Gilbert to take advantage of similar legislation. In March, Yorktown Supervisor Candidate Matt Slater called on his opponent to initiate the process of forming a Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan for Lake Mohegan. With the State adding three more local lakes to the program Slater is seeking a status report as to Lake Mohegan’s LWRP.
“For the New York State Legislature to designate three more of our local lakes it is obvious lawmakers see great value in having municipalities develop LWRPs for our local waterways,” Slater said. “The State’s deadline for grant applications is July 26th and residents have not been presented with any update from Supervisor Gilbert on Yorktown’s plan to engage in this process for Lake Mohegan which means, once again, this administration is leaving money on the table that could help our local lakes and community.”
Slater served as Chief of Staff to State Senator Terrence Murphy and helping to pass legislation that added Lake Mohegan and Lake Osecola to New York’s Inland Waterway List. In addition, he assisted in passing the original legislationgiving Sparkle Lake, Junior Lake and Mohansic Lake the inland waterway designation. Local residents have raised concerns over the condition of Sparkle Lake on social media calling for Sparkle Lake to get a “makeover.”
This year New York State allocated $15 million to support Local Waterfront Revitalization Plans. According to the 2018 REDC Awards booklet, the program, “…helps communities breathe new life into their waterfront and underused assets in ways that ensure successful and sustainable revitalization.”
In 2018 39 projects received State funding through the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program ranging from water quality improvement, to recreational and park enhancements, to green stormwater improvements, feasibility studies, trailway development and improving public access to waterfront attractions.
In a press release announcing the passage of S.3444, State Senator Pete Harckham stated, “The Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP) has noted water quality problems at Spark, Junior and Mohansic Lakes in Westchester County. To protect these important lakes in my district, which are an integral part of the Croton Watershed and our drinking/recreational waterways, these lakes must be designated as inland waterways. This bill will allow the affected communities of Yorktown and Yorktown Heights to become eligible for money from NYCDEP to improve the water quality and protect the watershed.” This was Senator Harckham’s first bill to pass the New York State Senate.
New York State Assemblyman Kevin Byrne cited the bipartisan effort needed to add Sparkle Lake and Junior Lake to the Inland Waterway List. “These lakes are a source of drinking water for the community, and provide various recreational benefits to Yorktown residents. People visit and move to our area because of our green spaces and waterways. It’s crucial that we work together to protect them and revitalize them where possible.”
The legislation is expected to be signed by Governor Cuomo.